Blogging is great, but one of the downsides is that this is all my content and it’s one-sided. I put something out there and then readers comment. With comment moderation in place, most discussions rarely get much traction. I think we have created a decent-sized community, but your voices are constrained because I control everything on my own blog.
Let me backtrack a second and tell you about a conversation I had with a couple tweens/teens in my husband’s extended family who visited us this summer. They couldn’t stop talking about Nerdfighters. I’d never heard of this quite large and pretty cool social movement (doesn’t mean much that I hadn’t heard of it because I’m not very savvy about tween/teen interests). I looked into it and found Ning. Ning means “peace” in Chinese and they help people create social websites.
1) You can start a discussion
2) You can write a blog post
3) You can comment freely
4) You can upload a photo or video
5) You can interact directly with others
6) You can chat online with members (and me when I’m online — I’ll go online most nights when I’m drafting blog posts).
7) We can create events or pre-planned times to chat online.
NOTE: Anyone can join but you abuse it and I will delete your profile, banishing you from the community.
Lunch with Mrs. Q has the possibility of being an amazing way to interact freely or a spectacular bust, but I wanted to give it a whirl. From now on, I will direct all open thread posts to the lunch community…so what is today’s open thread topic? Well, that’s up to you… see you over there later tonight!